Title 31, Chapter 6, Section 20
(a) There is created a Health Strategies Council to be appointed by
the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. Any
appointment made when the Senate is not in session shall be
effective until the appointment is acted upon by the Senate. The
Health Strategies Council shall be the successor to the Health
Policy Council. Those members of the previously existing Health
Policy Council who are serving as such on January 1, 1991, shall
continue to serve until July 1, 1991, at which time their terms
shall expire and that council shall be abolished. On and after that
date the council shall be composed of 25 members. Of those members,
at least one shall be appointed from each congressional district.
The council shall be composed as follows:
(1) One member representing county governments;
(2) One member representing the private insurance industry;
(3) Ten members representing health care providers as follows:
(A) One member representing rural hospitals;
(B) One member representing urban hospitals;
(C) One member who is a primary care physician;
(D) One member who is a physician in a board certified
(E) One member who is a registered professional nurse;
(F) One member who is a registered professional nurse who is
certified as a nurse practitioner;
(G) One member representing nursing homes;
(H) One member representing home health agencies;
(I) One member representing primary care centers; and
(J) One member who is a primary care dentist;
(4) Ten consumer representatives who are knowledgeable as to
health care needs in the fields they represent but who have no
financial interest in the health care industry as follows:
(A) One member representing health care needs of women;
(B) One member representing health care needs of children;
(C) One member representing health care needs of the disabled;
(D) One member representing health care needs of the elderly;
(E) One member representing health care needs of low-income
(F) One member representing health care needs of small business
(G) One member representing health care needs of large business
(H) One member representing health care needs of labor
organization members; and
(I) Two members who represent populations with special health
care access problems; and
(5) Three at-large members.
(b) If the state obtains an additional member of the United States
House of Representatives as a result of reapportionment, the
Governor shall appoint, subject to confirmation by the Senate, from
the new congressional district thus created one health care provider
member who meets the requirements of subparagraph (a)(3)(J) of this
Code section and one consumer member who meets the requirements of
subparagraph (a)(4)(I) of this Code section as to a population
specified in those subparagraphs which is not then represented on
the council. With the addition of these two members, the council
shall be composed of 27 members.
(c) The members of the council who are appointed to succeed those
members whose terms expire July 1, 1991, shall take office July 1,
1991, and 12 of them shall be designated in such appointment to
serve initial terms of office of two years and 13 of them shall be
designated in such appointment to serve initial terms of office of
four years. If two additional members are appointed to the council
to represent a new congressional district as provided in subsection
(b) of this Code section, one shall be designated to serve an
initial term of office which expires when the above initial two-year
terms of office expire and one shall be designated to serve an
initial term of office which expires when the above initial
four-year terms of office expire. After the initial terms provided
in this subsection, members of the council shall be appointed to
serve for four-year terms of office. Members of the council shall
serve out their terms of office and until their respective
successors are appointed and qualified.
(d) Members of the council shall be subject to removal by the
Governor for incompetence, neglect of duty, or for failing to attend
at least 75 percent of the meetings of the council in any year.
Vacancies on the council shall be filled by appointment by the
Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate.
(e) The Governor shall appoint the chairman of the council. A
majority of the members of the council shall constitute a quorum.
(f) The members of the council attending meetings of such council, or attending a subcommittee meeting thereof authorized by such council, shall receive no salary but shall be reimbursed for their expenses in attending meetings and for transportation costs as authorized by Code Section 45-7-21, which provides for the compensation and allowances of certain state officials.
(g) The functions of the council shall be to:
(1) Adopt the state health plan and submit it to the board for
approval which shall include all of the components of the
council's functions and be regularly updated;
(2) Review, comment on, and make recommendations to the department
on proposed rules for the administration of this chapter, except
emergency rules, prior to their adoption by the department;
(3) Conduct an ongoing evaluation of Georgia's existing health
care resources for accessibility, including but not limited to
financial, geographic, cultural, and administrative accessibility,
quality, comprehensiveness, and cost;
(4) Study long-term comprehensive approaches to providing health
insurance coverage to the entire population; and
(5) Perform such other functions as may be specified for the
council by the department or its board.
(h) The council shall prepare an annual report to the board and the
General Assembly which presents information and updates on the
functions outlined in subsection (g) of this Code section. The
annual report shall include information for Georgia's congressional
delegation which highlights issues regarding federal laws and
regulations influencing Medicaid and medicare, insurance and related
tax laws, and long-term health care.
(i) The council at the department's request shall involve and
coordinate functions with such state entities as necessary.
(j) As used in subsections (g), (h), and (i) of this Code section,
(1) "Board" means the Board of Community Health established under
Chapter 5A of this title.
(2) "Department" means the Department of Community Health
established under Chapter 5A of this title.